Cracking the case of foreign body aspiration

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Foreign body aspiration, although a leading cause of unintentional deaths in children, is relatively uncommon in adults. The typical objects are food particles, which are aspirated in patients with altered mental status or pharyngeal dysfunction. We report an atypical case of foreign body aspiration in an adult presenting with dyspnea and pleuritic chest pain. The patient was found to have central airway obstruction secondary to an aspirated crack vial in his left mainstem bronchus, requiring urgent rigid broncho-scopic removal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-291
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Foreign body aspiration
  • Foreign body retrieval
  • Rigid bronchoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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